I don't live anywhere near rue Montorgueil but in my continuing quest to find the ingredients I need for the dishes I like, I've found myself there on a number of occasions recently. You could call it "eat street" as there are half a dozen wonderful spots there -- a great Italian traiteur, the famed Stohrer bakery, and quite a few others. My favorite at the moment is Agha, where the spices are hot and the service is warm. (Which is more than I can say for the fancy culinary shop Bovida just two steps from there where the fellow at the register said he'd never heard of Chinese five spice powder.) The proprietor assumed I was Brazilian (no clue why) but when I corrected him, he proudly pointed to the postcard of President Obama taped to his cash register. That sealed the deal for me; next time I'm out of curry powder, I know exactly where I'm headed.
21 rue Montorgueil
Open Monday through Sunday from 7 am to 10 pm (but you might want to call ahead just to be sure 01 42 33 72 39)
For a long time, we were just another typical Washington, DC family: two policy-oriented jobs, two kids, and two cars. Out of the blue, my husband got a new assignment; we ditched the old jobs and the cars (but kept the kids) and headed to Paris for what started out to be a three-year, and eventually became a four-year tour.